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MISSIONS (Lat. missio, a sending)

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 583 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MISSIONS (Lat. missio, a sending) the term used specially for the propagandist operations of the Christian Church among the heathen, the executants of this work being missionaries. Both " mission " and " missionary " have hence come to be used of similar works in other spheres. The history of Christian missions may, for practical purposes, be divided into three chief periods: (1) the primitive, (2) the medieval and (3) the modern.
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